City Manager's Update - December 14, 2018
The City Manager's Update is a regular news briefing that is provided to the citizens of Galt. The Update includes important City news, updates on key initiatives and projects, and how the City is delivering services and responding to any concerns from our community.
Eugene M. Palazzo, City Manager
BI-WEEKLY REPORT - December 14, 2018
On Saturday, December 8, Galt Police Department and Cosumnes Services District (CSD) participated in the 2nd Annual Cars for Kids Toy Rally. Several classic cars were showcased and numerous toys were donated.
The Galt Police Department hosted a Holiday Open House on Monday, December 10. Over 400 members of the community, including 286 children, toured the facility via the Polar Express. Passengers enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies, fingerprinting, public safety demonstrations, visits with canines Kane and Copper, photos with Santa, hands on tours of patrol cars and motorcycles and of course, the Polar Express story as read by our own Grandma Cop, Terry Esparza.
The department awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday December 12. This was an important event where the department recognized the significant accomplishments of the past year. The following employees received awards:
• Officer of the Year: Daniel Callison.
• Professional Staff Employee of the Year: Valerie Hileman.
• Dispatcher of the Year: Trista Webb.
• Volunteer of the Year: Jim Connick.
• Explorer of the Year: Juliette Rodriguez.
• Lifesaving Awards: Officer Franklin, Officer Steele, Officer Dodgion, Officer Smith, Officer Castaneda, and Corporal Fluty.
• Corporal Rod Fisher received a medal for distinguished service for his efforts in establishing and maintaining an Honor Guard Team at the Police Department.
In addition, several members received other recognition based on their work during this past year. Congratulations to all!
On December 16, Galt Police Department and CSD will be handing out toys collected during the department’s holiday toy drive to previously identified families. This event will take place from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Fire Station 44, 205 Guild Street.
Andrew Siliezar started with the Galt Police Department on December 10. Andrew will be attending the Sacramento Police Academy starting January 7, 2019. Officer Sketchley, Galt’s newest police officer, will be sworn in at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 18. He will begin the Field Training Program the same week.
Oral Boards for academy attendee, recruit and graduate are planned this month.
Over the past six months, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) has been finalizing its award recommendations for $120 million in competitive regional transportation funding. The City is pleased to report that the Transportation Committee approved a recommendation that Galt receive $2.5 million in grant funding to complete an additional phase of the C Street Complete Streets Project, from Civic Drive to Sixth Street. While the current cost estimate to complete the project is approximately $4 million, the SACOG grant will provide much needed funding for the project to proceed. However, at the proposed funding level, a significant local match will still be required to complete the project. This local match will likely come from future Measure A and/or SB1 State funding that is allocated to Galt. The SACOG construction funding will become available in two years. Meanwhile conceptual design, community outreach on design alternatives and development of specific funding options will be pursued.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Galt Industrial Park Annexation
The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) approved the Galt Industrial Park Annexation at its meeting on December 5. The annexation will increase the city limits by an additional 230+ acres expanding the City’s Industrial Park northward. See annex area map below. The City currently has limited opportunities for medium and large-format industrial users within the existing city limits, since the majority of the industrially-zoned properties within the City have been built out. Most of the land north of Live Oak Avenue will be zoned for light industrial uses that will help balance the City’s housing development with job producing type uses. The area immediately south of Spring Street will be zoned for office type uses to provide a buffer from future industrial uses and the residential uses to the north. The annex area will not be official until the thirty day reconsideration period and protest hearing are finalized. The City estimates that this will be completed by the end of February 2019 or the first part of March 2019.
The City is currently recruiting for the following positions:
Full Time Positions:
• Police Officer (Academy Attendee, Academy Graduate and Lateral Transfer) – This recruitment is continuous until filled.
• Plant Maintenance Mechanic - This recruitment is continuous until filled.
• Public Works Director - This recruitment is continuous until filled.
• Wastewater Plant Supervisor – This recruitment is continuous until filled.
Part Time/Temporary Positions:
• Public Works Maintenance Worker I (PT) - This recruitment is continuous until filled.
Please visit the City’s website for further details and to apply. Visit www.ci.galt.ca.us.
Trist Webb was promoted to the position of Lead Dispatcher, effective November 26. Congratulations!
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
Drivers Safety and Vehicle Use trainings was held for employees on November 14 and December 4. Training was conducted by Bill Vannett, a Safety Officer from Bickmore Risk Management Services.
The Galt-Marian O. Lawrence Library will be undergoing a refresh starting January 6, 2019 and is expected to reopen on April 2, 2019. Library visitors can expect to see new floors, paint, lighting furniture and finishes. In addition to a bright new interior, the collection will be enhanced with a boost of $50,000 for new books.
• Patrons can check www.saclibrary.org for more information and updates and they can look for news coming from Sacramento Public Library.
• Holds: Patrons can select any library most convenient for them when ordering holds www.saclibrary.org/Locations.
• Bookmobile will travel to Galt once a week, on Saturdays. The scheduled time of day is pending.
• Closest library to Galt is Elk Grove; second closest location is Franklin.
PARKS AND RECREATION
On Tuesday, December 18 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, KMIX Radio Station and the Galt Market will be offering a holiday cookie decorating session. KMIX will be giving away tickets to Global Winter Wonderland. Take advantage of this opportunity to finish your holiday shopping and have a chance to win tickets to a beautiful event and make a sweet treat.
The Galt Market will now be accepting mobile vendors that offer beauty services to visitors. For more information and details of opportunities please call the Galt Market office at (209) 366-7160.
The All World Youth Baseball Tournament scheduled for this upcoming weekend was cancelled due to low registration. There are no more tournaments for this calendar year.
There are currently 515 participants registered for youth basketball. Registrations for the first grade program will be accepted through December 17 without a late fee. There will be no practices scheduled during the holiday break from December 21 through January 4, 2019. Games will resume on January 12, 2019. Picture Day was held on Saturday, December 8 at Liberty Ranch High School, 12945 Marengo Road. Exhibition games were played at Liberty Ranch and McCaffrey Middle School.
Staff has completed the conversion of a Chabolla Community Center storage room into the Senior Resource Center. Staff replaced lighting and upgraded the LED lights at the sports complex. All trees on Walnut Avenue and Carillion Boulevard were trimmed. The aquatic center chlorine and acid system were replaced and/or upgraded due to old aging failing systems.
• Boy Scouts Christmas Tree Pick Up will be on January 5, 2019.
• Winter Bird Festival February 2, 2019, Parks and Recreation Department, 610 Chabolla Avenue. Visit www.ci.galt.ca.us for more information.